- Mark Olival-Bartley
- Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, and poetry at the City College of New York. He is now writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU, where he tutors composition alongside editing flyers on poetry and style. His poems and translations have appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the resident poet at EcoHealth, where his science-themed verse is regularly featured, and a senior copyeditor at Review of International American Studies. He also teaches at Münchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis.
by Mark Olival-Bartley
The words—they come, as ink to paper comes,
as naught at first; but when the pen's nib slips
into its native groove, the deluge sums
what Noah knew would come from misted drips:
The world is lost as mental cadence hums
the hammers, Vulcan-like, that forge the chips
of Logos into mettle that now mums
the Muse to yield what the prosaic skips.
Note: A recitation can be heard here.